'''Pedro Antonio de Alarcón y Ariza''' (10 March 183319 July 1891) was a nineteenth-century Spanish people|Spanish
novelist, author of the novel ''El Sombrero de Tres Picos'' (''The Three-Cornered Hat'', 1874). The story is an adaptation of a popular tradition and provides a lively picture of village life in Alarcón's native region of Andalusia
. It was the basis for Hugo Wolf
's opera ''Der Corregidor
'' (1897) and Manuel de Falla
's ballet ''The Three-Cornered Hat
Alarcón wrote another popular short novel, ''El capitán Veneno
'' ('Captain Poison', 1881). He produced four other full-length novels. One of these novels, ''El escándalo
'' ('The Scandal', 1875), became noted for its keen psychological insights. Alarcón also wrote three travel books and many short stories and essays.
Alarcón was born in Guadix
, near Granada
. In 1859, he served in a Spanish military operation in Morocco
. He gained...